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Audio Books May Be Another Fruit of Technology, But Not Ideal for Every Kid

News from The Stir: When I was a kid, I had a nonsexual girl crush on Judy Blume. I had a big ol’ poster of Michael Jackson next to my bed—the one of him with the bow tie, yellow sweater, and beautiful, fantastic smile—but if I could’ve blown up an equally large picture of Judy Blume and plastered it next to him, I would’ve drifted off to sleep every night smack dab in idol heaven. I had all of her books: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Just as Long as We’re Together, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, the whole collection. There was nothing like finding a little space for myself and flipping the crisp pages, giggling and gasping and otherwise reacting to the literary magic that sparkled across her … Read entire article »

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Deborah Raffin Dies at 59, Audiobook Pioneer and Actress

News from WebProNews: If you are heavily involved with the audiobook industry, I am sure that the name “Deborah Raffin” comes up from time to time. Raffin was an American actress who later went into audiobook publishing. Earlier in her career, Raffin started acting, and starred in various small roles in the 1970s, such as: 40 Carats (1973), Once Is Not Enough (1975), The Sentinal (1977), and Hanging on a Star (1978). During the time of Raffin’s acting, she met her future husband Michael Viner. The couple later launched an audiobook publishing company in 1985. During their audiobook publishing venture, one of the most well-known audiobooks that they released was Sharing Christmas (1990), which included small historical accounts from various celebrities and raised money for the homeless. According to IMDb, Raffin was the second … Read entire article »

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Ferndale Public Library Staff Recommends: Kelly’s Audiobook Favorites

News from Patch.com: I am a huge fan and proponent of the audiobook. I know there’s a lot of naysayers out there, but for me, with my busy life and my tendency to give up on reading paper books before I make it 10 pages in, the audiobook has been a godsend. They keep me reading long after I would have returned a book and add an extra incentive to doing mundane household chores. I’ve read everything from classics, to non-fiction, from horror to Pulitzer prize winners. Here’s a few that I’ve loved and would make a good entrance into the world of audiobooks. Click the provided links to place a hold on any of the audiobooks below. It by Stephen King Read by Steven Weber  Available via interlibrary loan This book had been on my “to … Read entire article »

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Free Audiobook Download By Dr. Tom Petty, Father of Home Oxygen

News from About – News & Issues: The American Association for Respiratory Care is proud to offer, in audiobook format,  Adventures of an Oxy-Phile2 by Dr. Tom Petty, international authority on respiratory disease. Among his many accolades, Dr. Petty was Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Professor of Medicine at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, the Founding Chairman of the National Lung Health Education Program and the President of the American College of Chest Physicians. His medical resume is said to be over 50 pages long. In an ironic twist of fate, Dr. Petty was diagnosed with COPD. Sadly, his journey ended in December, 2009. He wrote the audiobook from a patient’s perspective, after developing his own need for supplemental oxygen. Until the day … Read entire article »

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Audio books for the visually impaired

News from The Star Online: Redirect Notice  The previous page is sending you to http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2012/11/26/lifeliving/20121125143332 .  If you do not want to visit that page, you can >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Examiner.com: Deborah Raffin, 59, has died according to U.S. News and World Report on Nov. 22. Raffin died Wednesday, Nov. 21 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She died of leukemia, after being diagnosed with the disease a year ago. Deborah had roles in in films, including “Once Is Not Enough” and “Forty Carats”. The actress also appeared in many television miniseries, such as “Haywire” and “Noble House”. However, it was her audio book business that brought her the most success. She launched Dove Books-on-Tape in the 80s with Michael Viner, her husband at the time. The company quickly exploded into … Read entire article »

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Deborah Raffin Dies: Actress, Audio Book Publisher Dead At 59

News from International Business Times: BY IBTimes Staff Reporter | November 23 2012 1:29 PM Actress Deborah Raffin, who became well-known relatively late in her life for launching a successful audio book company, has died of leukemia. She was 59. Raffin was diagnosed with leukemia about a year ago, her brother William told the Los Angeles Times on Friday. The actress and audio book publisher died Wednesday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Raffin’s death was mourned by many in the entertainment world. “Lovely lady — too young to die. RIP,” tweeted actress Morgan Fairchild. “Very sad to hear of the passing of my dear dear friend Deborah Raffin. Although I know life is eternal, my heart is heavy,” tweeted Shawn King, wife of Larry King. A Los Angeles native, Raffin got her start in acting in the 1970s … Read entire article »

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Actress started audiobook firm

News from Chicago Sun-Times: By ASSOCIATED PRESS November 23, 2012 7:06PM WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 23: Actress Deborah Raffin attends “The Oscar Night Party Sponsored By Children Uniting Nations, The Creative Coalition and Rock The Vote,” raising funds to promote the mentoring of foster children at the House of Blues on March 23, 2003 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images) storyidforme: 40587982tmspicid: 14988101fileheaderid: 6823364 Updated: November 24, 2012 2:23AM LOS ANGELES — Deborah Raffin, an actress who ran a successful audiobook company with the help of her celebrity friends, has died. She was 59. Ms. Raffin died Wednesday of leukemia at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, her brother, William, told the Los Angeles Times. She was diagnosed with the blood cancer about a year ago. Ms. Raffin, the daughter of 20th Century … Read entire article »

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Actress, audiobook entrepreneur Deborah Raffin dies at 59

News from OregonLive.com: By The Associated Press OregonLive.com on November 23, 2012 at 7:10 AM, updated November 23, 2012 at 7:15 AM Actress and audiobook entrepreneur Deborah Raffin died Wednesday in Los Angeles. The Associated Press / 1983 LOS ANGELES — Deborah Raffin, an actress who ran a successful audiobook company with the help of her celebrity friends, has died. She was 59. Raffin died Wednesday of leukemia at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, her brother, William, told the continues on OregonLive.com >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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Deborah Raffin, Actress and Audiobook Entrepreneur, Dies at 59

News from Hollywood Reporter: Deborah Raffin, an actress and entrepreneur who launched audiobook powerhouse Dove Books-on-Tape with her husband, music producer Michael Viner, has died. She was 59. •Obituaries Raffin died Wednesday of leukemia at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, her brother William told the Los Angeles Times. She was diagnosed with the blood cancer about a year ago, he said. PHOTOS: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2012 The blond Los Angeles native, who as a college student was spot……………. continues on Hollywood Reporter >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Los Angeles Times: Deborah Raffin, a film actress, veteran of television miniseries and entrepreneur whose company, Dove Books-on-Tape, became a major force in the audio book industry, died Wednesday of leukemia at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. … Read entire article »

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One for the Road

News from New York Times: Illustration by Tomasz Walenta Thanks, but if you don’t mind, I’ll just read the book. That was pretty much my attitude toward audio mysteries until someone made me a judge in an awards competition for mysteries on tape. Tape being the quaint technology whereby books were recorded back then, when listening to a lengthy unabridged novel meant lugging around stacks of cassettes that tended to crack open and spill their guts when dropped. Although the quality of these recordings was wildly uneven, I was instantly hooked: You could read while in motion! I had……………. continues on New York Times >>> Read the full article Related News: News from The Verge: Penguin is reportedly planning to announce a new distribution program for ebook lending on Monday. According to … Read entire article »

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